Weekly Wednesday Wire: May 29, 2013

Please note: Inclusion of an item in this e-newsletter does NOT imply endorsement or support of such item by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, unless specifically noted.

Federal News

Share Promising Practices to Reduce Health Disparities, from HHS/OMH

The HHS Office of Minority Health, National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities encourages partners to submit stories from the field that can be shared with others via the NPA "Communities in Action" spotlight, the NPA Blog, the Healthy Minorities, Healthier America Newsletter, and other social media platforms. Share a story or a promising practice to reduce health disparities in your community, via online submission.

Member News

Father's Day Blog Carnival on Paid Leave, from MomsRising

This Father's Day, MomsRising is pulling back the curtains to reveal a side of father's work that is rarely shown. The "Celebrating Fathers Who 'Leave' to Be Home" blog carnival will highlight fathers who have or wanted to take time off from work to help their family establish a strong foundation, including a solid start with breastfeeding. Please share your story about how paid family leave – or a lack of it – impacted the relationship with your child(ren) and partner. To have your family's story featured in the Father's Day blog carnival, email it to info@momsrising.org by Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

Partner News

Breastfeeding Articles, from NICHQ

The NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality) May 2013 newsletter included two highlights about breastfeeding:

Action Alert on a Military-wide Breastfeeding Policy, from Breastfeeding in Combat Boots

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots is working with Senator Gillibrand (NY) to create a breastfeeding policy that is consistent across all branches of the military. This policy, if approved by the Senate Armed Forces Committee and included in the National Defense Authorization Act 2013, would create a military-wide policy that encourages and promotes the ability of active duty servicewomen who choose to breastfeed for up to one year after delivery. The policy has gone to the committee for debate and members are already voicing concerns about the need for such a policy, as well as integration and readiness issues. Input and letters of support on why this policy is needed are requested. Please email letters of support to Kirsten Gnipp, Senator Gillibrand's Intern. If your Senator is on the committee, please write them as well.

News Clippings

International Breastfeeding Journal: "Implementing the ten steps to successful breastfeeding in multiple hospitals serving low-wealth patients in the US: innovative research design and baseline findings"

660News Radio: "Breastfeeding support ads hit Calgary Transit" (view all the ads on the Calgary Breastfeeding Matters Group website)

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